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1 injured, another charged after early-morning accident

1 injured, another charged after early-morning accident

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 9:08 pm

One Union City man was injured and another charged during an accident early Sunday morning outside Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Jonathan D. Jonas, 23, of 4374 Mount Zion Road, Union City, was injured in the incident, which occurred about 2:40 a.m. Sunday outside the fraternity house at 102 Hurt St., according to a Martin Police Department report.
Charges of driving under the influence and financial responsibility law violation have been filed against William Dalton Smyth, 22, of 3041 Shady Oaks Road, Union City, who was arrested at 2:47 a.m. at the scene.
Police were summoned to the fraternity house in reference to someone being hit by a vehicle. On arrival, officers were told that Smyth allegedly got into an altercation outside the fraternity house and then got behind the wheel of a 1997 GMC Yukon SUV. He allegedly “pulled the vehicle forward in an aggressive type manner through the parking lot, over the curb and onto the volleyball sand court,” according to the report.
The vehicle struck Jonas upon entering the sand court and Smyth allegedly then backed up and struck a vehicle in the parking lot.
Police said the vehicle ran over Jonas’ pelvic area and he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.
According to the report, police found Smyth standing in front of his vehicle. He allegedly admitted to being in control of the vehicle and accidentally running over Jonas in the sand court and then accidentally backing into the parked vehicle. An officer reported he could detect an odor of alcohol as he spoke with Smyth, which resulted in a series of field sobriety tests being administered.
Smyth was taken into police custody and transported to the hospital for a mandatory blood withdrawal, due to the injuries related to the accident.
Published in The Messenger 4.19.10

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